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Many of our customers play an active role in constructing our Cedar Log Homes. Others, due to busy schedules, remote locations or other circumstance opt for Turnkey Construction.

Turnkey Construction is a contract where the builder completes all aspects of the home and the completed house is ready to move in. The builder just turns the keys over to the new owner and they install their furniture and personal belongings. Components that are included in a Turnkey Construction Contract can include:

Complete house - including appliances, interior painting and finishing, floor coverings and wall-to-wall carpeting, blinds and drapery hardware, light fixtures, alarm and monitoring systems, among others.
 

Exterior finishing - all staining and topcoats, driveways, landscaping, fencing, exterior lighting, pools or jacuzzis, mailbox.
 

If you are interested in this complete Turnkey Construction Service, please fill out our Request Information Form so that we may contact you directly to discuss more details.

Factors to consider when building a log home yourself
 

How long does it take to build a log home?- The answer depends on a number of influences not limited to the design of your home, weather, the site, and the experience of the construction workers.
 

Estimating labor?- We generally estimate one man-hour per square foot of floor space for a purlin style home. The time estimate is less - three-quarters of an hour- for truss-type homes.
 

Establishing a budget- To estimate the cost of your completed Katahdin Cedar Log Home, you'll need to consult with local contractors and suppliers for heating and cooling, electrical, appliances and fixtures, foundation work and other essential items. Add in your carpentry and construction costs, your land and the price of the package and you'll be able to set your budget.
 

Delivery of your log home- Plan on four to six weeks from the time you place your order to delivery, depending on the time of year. Be sure to coordinate your schedule so that we can deliver your home when you are ready for it.
 

Access to your site - When planning your infrastructure, keep in mind that our tractor trailers need wide, fairly straight roads to reach your site.
 

Unloading - Make sure you have your work crew scheduled to be on site when your home is delivered. Check with your dealer to determine the kind of equipment and workmen you'll need on hand to unload your particular design.
 

Typical log home assembly

  • Pre-cut and drilled in our mills - We are able to save time and on-site cutting by pre-cutting and pre-drilling each log on our state of the art house line so that they interlock and provide a solid fit.

Diagrams Legend
A - End joint sealed and aligned with 3/4" X 1 1/4" wood splines
B - PVC foam seal strip between all logs
C - Lag Screw at approximately 2' - 3' on center
 

Optional insulation package - To increase the natural R-factor of Northern White Cedar, we offer an insulation package at no extra charge. An added benefit of this insulation package is the ability to run electrical wires without the need for on site drilling in the log walls resulting in substantial savings.

Log facing styles - Whether it's a hand-peeled look you prefer or the consistent look of milled finishes, or even a clapboard style of log, We have a number of different looks to choose from:

 

 

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